Archives Learning and Education Section Update

This week’s blog is an update on some of our current activities if you have any questions or comments, please email us

Archives for Learning and Education Section (ALES) Useful Links & Resources – up dated for 2021

ALES committee members have pooled their knowledge and scoured their internet favourites to put together a directory of key web links, including curriculum material, learning organisations and educational resources. We hope that these will be useful for education and heritage professionals alike. For more information visit:

For resources which focus on a specific parts of the curriculum, subjects and age groups visit the Really Useful Resources pages on this blog

Accessible Learning Tool Kit

Work is underway once again on the Accessible Learning Toolkit which had to go on hiatus due to the pandemic. Please watch this space for more information.

Lunchtime Talks

Our next Lunchtime talk will be held on 12th July at 1pm: ‘You win some, you lose some! A candid account of successes & failures of archives education outreach activities during a global pandemic’ by Sara Bird & Gillian Johnston, Ed Outreach Officers Newcastle University Library so keep an eye on our blog for booking information.

Announcing the New ARA Learning Vlog

We are excited to announce the launch of the ARA Learning Vlog, an opportunity for us to provide a series of short videos discussing education and learning in the archive sector.

For our first series of vlogs, we have invited guest vloggers to join us to discuss what happens behind the scenes when they create exhibitions and learning resources. We anticipate that this vlog will go live in June and will be available on the ARA Learning blog.

Joss Grant from National Records Scotland will be talking to us about the exhibition and accompanying resource for ‘Malicious Mischief? Women’s Suffrage in Scotland’. We also have three more vlogs lined up for 2021 from:

  • Lorna Steele from the Highland Archive Service who will be talking about her series “Learn with Lorna”
  • The Northumberland Archives team will be talking about their new online learning platform, LEARN
  • Joss Grant and Rob Houston, St. Andrew’s University, will be talking about the exhibition “Prisoners or Patients? Criminal Insanity in Victorian Scotland”

We hope these vlogs will go live throughout the year so if you have any questions, you would like us to ask our vloggers about their work or some general questions about creating resources and exhibitions, please send them to


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